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Play Every Day video contest puts kids behind the lens


Do you have a fun way you like to play?

The Play Every Day program challenges youth to show what that looks like. The Play Every Day campaign is holding a video PSA contest challenging elementary school students across Alaska to create a short video about how they get out and play.

Last year, Gladys Wood Elementary School in Anchorage created a fun video about how students there get physically active and do the Healthy Futures Challenge, which kicks off again in 186 Alaska schools this week. Play Every Day thought the idea was so creative it decided to start a statewide video contest.

Use video to show how you get physically active every day, complete the Healthy Futures Challenge, or a combination of both.

Here’s how it works:

Who: All Alaska public elementary school students in grades K-6. All entries must be supported and sponsored by a teacher or another adult school staff member. Students should take the lead in the creative direction and production, but an adult can advise students and help with the filming.

What: Make a 25-second public service announcement (PSA) video that motivates Alaska kids and families to get physically active and stay healthy.

When: Start now! Come up with your ideas, film the video and turn it in by 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

Where: Film the creative ways you are physically active at your school or in your communities.

Why: Because playing is fun, and so is filming videos with your friends.

A panel of judges from the Play Every Day campaign and Healthy Futures will select the top three videos based on overall presentation, creativity, quality and adherence to the contest criteria. The school that films the first-place video will receive a $500 gift card to buy physical activity equipment for the school, plus $25 gift cards for up to 10 students who worked closely on the video. Prizes include Play Every Day T-shirts for participating students, teachers and the principal.

Want more information about the contest? Visit webpage at to learn more.


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